who you got? Kentucky or Michigan?
And most importantly. Which NBA prospects shine brightest in the big game? My money is on Julius Randle and James Young. The Kentucky Wildcats pull of the upset and make it all the way to the Final 4
i got Kentucky. they're jus on fire right now. i expect the length of Kentucky to disrupt Michigan's 3 point attempts. they will die by the 3.
As for the NBA prospects, im going to go with Andrew Harrison and James Young. Andrew is playing at a high level and has control of the whole offense. James Young is from Michigan, i expect him to make a big impact.
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It's gonna be such a close game. Michigan will make shots and get leads, Kentucky will claw back... In the end I think Stauskas and company go cold for a crucial couple minutes near the end and the Wildcats steal it thanks to a couple big Harrison bros plays, whose size Michigan will find tough guarding.
Though don't underestimate Michigan's bigs defensively, they're underrated.
Morgan has played some great defense this tournament but I do see Randle dominating this game. I also see Andrew Harrison having a coming out party. Michigan has a weak fontline qnd I see that getting exposed in this game. Kentucky has Dakari Johnson coming off of his best game, WCS and Randle playing very active and physical. If Wichita St. and Louisville couldnt match that Michigan is up for a huge challenge.
WCS most likely isnt playing tomorow
I heard he told Calipari he wanted to give it a shot. I hope he can play.
I like UK. They just took out the undefeated team and the definding national champions back to back, so they are pretty red hot. I think Randle and one of the Harrisons will shine in the game. I expect Stauskas to show up and impress as well.
I think Michigan will have a hard time defending both Johnson and Randle when they are on the court together. Michigan may have to go big more than usual in this game, so if either Morgan or Horford get in foul trouble, the whole team will be in trouble.
At the same time, I expect Michigan's perimeter players to have good offensive outings. If Michigan pushes the tempo, their offense should be fine. Their problem will be defending Kentucky's half court offense. GR3 won't be able to handle Randle down low, but Randle won't be able to keep up with him in transition either. Michigan's guards will really need to focus on corraling defensive boards so they can control the pace of the game and not let Kentucky's big men dictate tempo by gobbling up all available rebounds.
I expect Kentucky to win. As long as UK's guards stay patient and let Randle and Johnson make an impact down low, Kentucky should have an advantage on the boards. I really like Jordan Morgan, but he can only defend one of Kentucky's bigs.
Yes, if Morgan and Horford get into foul trouble that would be bad for Michigan, but that is not breaking news to anybody. Also, NO ONE would have picked Kentucky over Louisville if they knew James Young would be compltetly ineffective and pretty much foul out at the start of the 2nd half AND W.C.S. almost not playing at all. So let's not get ahead of ourselves and start declaring winning factors. Who called Dakari Johnson or DeAndre Daniels being the winning factors for their respective teams? Remember Spike Albrecht last year?
Kentucky does not have the talent edge over Michigan (you heard me ESPN), seriously I dont care how well the Harrison twins play they might be the most over rated pair of recruits I have ever seen come into college basketball. The same way people feel confident picking against Michigan, b/c relying on 3pt. shooting scares people, myself and others feel confident picking agaisnt Kentucky b/c saying Michigan is going to get cold is honestly less likely than one of the Harrison twins, probably Andrew, going turnover crazy and throwing the game away. I mean the latter has happened more this season than Michigan has lost due to inability to hit their shots.
The only player from Kentucky I take over a Michigan starter is Julius Randle, and from a potential perspective Dakari Johnson. Besides that I do not think it's close. Stauskas is superior to James Young, Caris Levert is superior to either Harrison twin, GRII over Poythress/James Young or whoever you want to compare. So I really do not believe this is talent vs. experience....more so guards vs. forwards.
The thing about Michigan is their unselfish passing and play makes the opposing defense have to be extremely disciplined and any gambling will leave one of their shooters wide open, and believe it will happen. Michigan's game against Tennesse and late game collapse went relatively unnoticed that every single player can change the game for Michigan. Stauskas is by far their best player, but they are far from relient on him to win. With Kentucky I do not really know how they win games yet if Randle or a big man doesn't play extremely well.
If one thing was completely disturbing it was Michigan's inability to in-bound the ball propoerly. I hope they create more than one set play for inbounds, because that was embarrasing and it made Albrecht look like a child and these March Madness games more often than not rely on last minute of a game fundamentals.
As is probably very apparent I am very excited for this game, and regardless of my pointing out more Michigan strengths than Kentucky strengths (Michigan just has more consistent strengths not necesarrily better one's) I do believe this will be an extremely close game.
UK matches up well with Michigan. The probable loss of WCS will hurt but I think they are out of a mission to prove critics wrong right now and I don't think Michigan will be able to guard them.